Policy Lessons

Policy Lessons

Our sector chairs and staff review and synthesize key findings and policy lessons from randomized evaluations and conduct cost-effectiveness analyses to help inform relevant policy debates. 

Students in class in Mexico. (©Foundation Escalera)

Education

Improving Student Participation

The results of randomized evaluations reveal the most cost-effective approaches to improving student attendance. Read More

In 2010, over 90 percent of primary school age children around the world were enrolled in primary and secondary education (World Bank, The State of Education). But being in school does not guarantee that students are learning.

Education

Increasing Test Score Performance

The impacts of numerous strategies to improve student learning vary considerably. They also incur drastically different costs, and some programs therefore achieve learning gains with much greater cost-effectiveness than others. Read More

Health care provider distributing free insecticide-treated bednet to mother who just delivered baby at clinic, Kenya.

Health

Pricing Preventive Health Products

Charging even very small user fees sharply limits access to preventive health care. Though charging small fees is promoted for many reasons, several experiments in different countries found very little support for these views. Read More

Political Economy & Governance

Community Participation: Power to the people?

While increased community participation has been advocated as a way to improve the quality of public projects and services, evidence from randomized evaluations provides very mixed results about its effectiveness. Read More